Rats are between 8 and 10 inches (20 – 25cm) long and have long tails that are as long as their bodies. Their tails are not all covered in hair like their bodies are and they come in a variety of colors from brown to black. Rats have smaller ears compared to their body size than mice. They are very intelligent and can get into very tight spaces. Their faeces are a little larger than a rice grain, are rounded on both ends and you will see plenty of droppings and shredded paper if you have rats around. They will chew up paper and other materials for nests.
Mice are much smaller than rats and are about 3 – 4 inches (8 – 10cm) long. They have larger ears and can be brown or grey. They are quite curious and generally are much easier to capture than rats. Mouse faeces are pointy on one end and rounded on the other. Mice are so fast that you may see a “streak” moving across your floor before you realize that it might be a mouse.
Is your home attracting rodents?
Rats can get into spaces as small as 2cm and mice can get into spaces around 1cm or smaller. They are total opportunists and will get into your home any way that they can. Small cracks in your foundation can be an opening that attracts these pests. If you have trees near your home, branches that reach over to the roof can also provide easy access for pests, as can windows without screens.
Mice and rats can also get into ventilation holes in your attic, especially if your home is older. It is important to seal up all holes and spaces around your sink or plumbing pipes
Mice and rat control can only be effective if you seal up access points and remove sources of food and water that are attracting these pests in the first place. If you have unsealed containers of food in your home, these can provide the perfect opportunity for pests, attracting them to the area. It could be flour, crackers, rice, cereal or any other item in your cupboards that is not properly sealed. Pet food is definitely a tasty temptation, especially if it is left outside in easy reach. In your yard, composting food scraps can also be an attractant if you are not covering the composting materials properly or you are adding meat to the compost pile.
What Rat and Mice Control Methods are there?
The starting point for rat and mice control is to determine which type of rodent is infesting your home and then take steps to deal with it. The very first and most important step is to seal up all areas where the pests are getting into your home. This will prevent more rats or mice from getting into your home. Be sure to prune nearby trees, seal cracks and holes and add screens to all of your windows.
The next thing that you need to do is eliminate the pests that are in your home. Pestrol has a variety of effective methods and devices that can completely eliminate rats and mice from your home and garden, and it is up to you which method you would like to use. Pestrol offers options for people who want to capture rodents and avoid using harmful chemicals and poisons that can be dangerous for children and for pets.
· Rat or Mouse traps are designed to capture the rodents without harming them. The trap can then be taken to a remote location and the rodents released, away from your home and yard. These traps are child and pet safe and are extremely easy to bait and set. You can easily view the inside of the trap to see if you have captured any pests and you can place the trap in tight spaces to capture as many rodents as possible.
· Electronic rodent repellers emit an obnoxious noise that pests cannot stand. Rodents are driven away by the sound of the device that is plugged into the wall. You can use one or several of these devices, mostly depending upon the extent of your rodent problem. Once plugged in, the device emits electromagnetic, ultrasonic and ionic technology that quickly gets rid of rodents. This is an environmentally friendly and chemical free option that eliminates rodents from your home. When you first use these devices, you may see an increase in rodents as they are coming out of hiding and making a run for it, but after a few weeks of use, you should start to see no further sign of rodents.
The main thing is to get a handle on rodents as soon as you notice that you have an infestation. If you let rodents get out of control you may find that there are a lot more pests than you had first suspected. Mice and rats can breed and have a fresh litter of babies monthly. Rat and mice control will be an ongoing battle until you eliminate all pests in your home.
Pestrol offers kill-free options, because killing pests with poison means that they may crawl inside your walls to die which can result in a very bad smell once they start to decompose. If you have children and/or pets, you also have to be concerned that one or both may get into the poison and be harmed. Kill-free options are much safer and more humane, so you don’t have to feel bad about killing rodents and having them suffer. Instead, you can trap the existing rodents and repel future ones by eliminating all food sources, using electronic repellers and traps and sealing up all areas where rodents can gain access to your home.